Interview with Chris Bottomley


What inspired or influenced you to write this piece?

This poem came from an exercise to create a personal timeline. I wrote it at a time when I was really curious about memory and storytelling, especially through the lens of disorder.

How would you describe your artistic style? What do you wish to accomplish with your art?

I become obsessed with phrases or words, then try to explore what makes them resonate personally by building poems around them. There’s a lot of collage work involved.

Tell us a little bit about your current artistic projects.

I’m currently trying to write small, quiet poems. Poems that are less rigid and insistent. Poems that are more breath and less body.

You can read Chris’s third place winning poem, First Kiss, here.